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Other Literary Terms

Literary Terms 14-25

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To Infer To make an educated guess based on information given in a text Inference: the educated guess
Simile Compares two unlike things using the words “like” or “as” Example: She had eyes like chocolate
Metaphor Compares two unlike things without using the words “like” or “as” Example: She had chocolate eyes
Personification When human qualities are given to an object that is not alive Example: The sun smiled upon the hikers
Onomatopoeia When a word sounds like what it means Example: “buzz,” “snap,” “thunder”
Imagery Language that appeals to the senses (sight, taste, smell, sound, touch)
Foreshadowing When a writer gives clues and hints about events that will happen later in the story
Mood The overall emotion of a work of literature (sad, scary, hopeful, exciting, etc.)
Tone The attitude a writer takes toward the audience, a subject, or a character
Irony A contrast between what is expected and reality
Allusion A reference to a statement, person, event, place, etc., from another work of literature or history
Characterization The process of revealing the personality of the character Indirect characterization— the reader must make inferences to understand the character’s personality Direct characterization—the writer clearly describes the character
Created by: sydney837